2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament

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Welcome to the 2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament 

The USQLS Championship Moot is a prestigious event with a prize pool of over $2000.

The Grand Final is held in the Toowoomba District Court with a Supreme Court Justice presiding. Entry is free to all Members of the USQLS and to all students currently enrolled in Moot Court Bench (LAW3466). Non members are required to pay a $10 entry fee.

What is Mooting?

Mooting is the oral presentation of a legal issue or problem against an opposing counsel and before a judge. It is perhaps the closest experience that a student can have whilst at university to appearing in court.

What it isn’t

Sometimes it is mistaken for a mock trial, but mooting differs as it assumes that the evidence has already been tested and focuses on practising speech and the ability to argue the question of law, whereas mock trials exist to ‘test the evidence’ and establish the case’s facts before presenting them in a real court of law.

Why should I get involved in mooting?

The legal profession is an increasingly difficult one to enter, and some application forms even demand that a candidate can provide evidence of their advocacy or mooting experience.

Mooting will also help you to build confidence in public speaking, general research, and presentation skills, which are useful skills you can transfer to most careers.

How is mooting done?

The Problem
A typical moot problem is concerned solely with a point (or points) of law. Normally it will take the form of a case heard on appeal from a lower court with the grounds of appeal clearly stated.

The Teams
A moot usually consists of four speakers, divided into two teams, each consisting of a leading and junior counsel. One team represents the appellants, the other the respondents. Mooters may be judged individually or as a team.

The Moot Court
The moot 'court' should reflect, as far as possible, a courtroom scenario in reality. The moot is presided over by at least one judge who delivers a judgment at the end of the moot on the law and on the result of the moot itself. The presiding judge is supported by the clerk of the moot who also times the moot speeches. The two teams of mooters sit at separate tables, taking turns to stand to present their arguments to the moot court.

A moot 'speech' will normally have a time limit of between 8 and 10 minutes per competitor. So be prepared to be on your feet, either presenting your argument or answering questions about your argument, for that amount of time. For the duration of their arguments the mooters are required to maintain the appropriate courtroom manner (remembering, amongst other things, to address the court and fellow counsel in the accepted form).

Source: What is Mooting, Oxford University Press

 

Important Information

To register, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7FNQRQG

For the 2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament Rules, click here: 2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament Rules.pdf (Updated February 2018)

For the 2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament Question, click here: 2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament Question.pdf (Updated February 2015)

 

Registration Closes: 1st April 2019

Tournament Dates:

Round 1 - Saturday 27th April 1:30 and 3pm, Toowoomba and Springfield Moot Courts.

Round 2 - Saturday 4th May 1:30 and 3pm, Toowoomba and Springfield Moot Courts.

Quarter Final (Top 8 Teams) - Saturday 18th May 1:30 and 3pm, Toowoomba and Springfield Moot Courts.

Semi Final (Top 4 Teams) - Saturday 25th May 6:30pm, Toowoomba and Springfield Moot Courts.

Grand Final - Wednesday 5th June 6pm, Toowoomba Court House.

Updates:

Please note, the 2019 USQLS Championship Mooting Tournament question, rules, dates and times may be subject to change and in such an event all those who have registered will be notified.

All enquiries to Competitions Director, Chelsea Keirsnowski: comps.usqls@gmail.com